rice & beans theatre
Derek Chan & Pedro Chamale
PTC and rice & beans theatre have declared a company collaboration for the next year or more as Derek Chan and Pedro Chamale develop their newest projects. Derek and Pedro will continue to work with each other dramaturgically in addition to each writing his own work. Heidi and Kathleen will provide dramaturgical and process design consultation focusing on creating effective workshops for specific explorations and developing a structured company creation practice for rice & beans. Derek is currently researching something tentatively called Thirty (Part 1) Happy Things, and Thirty (Part 2) Weeks in Solitude. Part 1 explores the desire to connect with people, and Part 2 investigates the desire to connect with the universe. Meanwhile, Pedro is adapting The Bacchae to a play with music about temporary foreign workers called There Are No Gods Here.
There Are No Gods Here is a new adaptation heavy with song, inspired by the original Greek tragedy The Bacchae by Euripides, which explores the two sides of human nature: one ruled by rational thinking, and the other spurred on by our instincts and passions. In The Bacchae, the god Dionysus has come to Earth to take revenge on the city of Thebes for not granting him the rights he is owed as a god. He launches the city’s women into a frenzy, eventually leading to the city’s destruction and murder of king Pantheus. In addition to The Bacchae, source material includes text excerpts from Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, which explores humanity and our desires from the moment our species first appeared on Earth.
For this piece, Pedro is curious to explore our human tendency to follow blindly in the hopes of reaching endless satisfaction – whether it is the god Dionysus promising everlasting pleasures, the Temporary Foreign Worker Program that provided the opportunity for immigrants to come to Canada despite often being exploited through loopholes, or Sapiens the book, which catalogues our ever-expanding impact as humans on the planet Earth. Using Hispanic music influences such as Mariachi, Flamenco, and Bolero, this play weaves factual accounts of TF workers and the mysticism of the ancient Greeks into a dark, energetic reflection of the work force of contemporary Canada.